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Iron Ranger

STYLE NO. 8085

LEATHER:
Copper Rough & Tough Leather
$319.99 USD
IRON RANGER, COPPER R&T Mens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 299.
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  • AboutThe story behind the style.
  • MaterialsHow it's made.
  • Sizing & Break InWhat to expect.
  • CareProtect your investment.
Mining boomed in the 19th century, but the job was dangerous and miners needed boots that could stand up to the harsh conditions.  Photo courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society. Mining boomed in the 19th century, but the job was dangerous and miners needed boots that could stand up to the harsh conditions. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society.

STYLE NO. 8085 : Iron Ranger

The rugged 6-inch 8085 Iron Ranger features premium Copper Rough & Tough leather, chrome hardware, speed hooks, Goodyear welt construction, triple stitched quality, plus a durable Vibram® 430 Mini-lug sole for grip while maintaining the classic Iron Ranger construction and silhouette.

THE HISTORY BEHIND THE STYLE

The early history of iron mining on Minnesota’s Mesabi Range is intertwined with that of Red Wing Shoe Company. The miners needed tough but comfortable boots that could stand up to the long days and tough conditions a northern Minnesota mine pit presented. Red Wing responded with a boot made of thick leather with an oil resisting outer sole, speed lacing hooks, and a comfortable cork midsole. The defining characteristic of these boots though, was their double layered toe, capped to protect the miner’s feet from injury as they labored with hand tools and heavy machinery. That boot is still made today, the fittingly named Iron Ranger, and it represents not only Red Wing’s commitment to making boots for working men and women but also its Minnesota origins.

Oil-Tanned leather is a very durable and vivid leather. Oil-Tanned leather is a very durable and vivid leather.

Oil-Tanned Leather

S.B. Foot Tanning Co. is best known for Oil-Tanned leather which is used to build a variety of timeless Red Wing styles. This leather is water, stain and perspiration resistant, and has a more natural look and feel because less finishing materials have been applied, allowing its natural beauty to shine through. Oil-Tanned leather is exceptionally durable and has been used to build countless work boots throughout Red Wing’s 110+ year history.


Leather: Copper Rough & Tough Leather
Outsole: Vibram® 430 Mini-lug
Insole: Leather
Hardware: Nickel Eyelets and Hooks
Construction: Goodyear Welt
Last: 8
Shank: Steel
In order to build a Red Wing boot to an exact size and width, the boot is constructed around a shoe last. In order to build a Red Wing boot to an exact size and width, the boot is constructed around a shoe last.

STYLE NO. 8085 : Iron Ranger

A new pair of Red Wing Heritage boots should fit comfortably tight on your foot, with enough room to freely wiggle your toes. Over time, the full grain leather upper, leather footboard and cork midsole mold to your feet, creating an enduring and customized fit over time with each wear.


The 8085 is built using the No. 8 Last:

  • Many customers buy Red Wing Heritage footwear 1/2 size smaller than their normal size
  • Trying on Red Wing Heritage footwear in a store is recommended to get the perfect fit
  • Features a bump toe for more room up-front
  • Fits a variety of foot shapes
Protect and lengthen the life of your boots with our Made in USA, specialty care products; specifically designed to help maintain the unique qualities of Red Wing leather. Protect and lengthen the life of your boots with our Made in USA, specialty care products; specifically designed to help maintain the unique qualities of Red Wing leather.

PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT

Red Wing's sturdy soles, premium leathers, triple stitching and Goodyear welt construction all work together to make quality boots that will last a lifetime. It takes more than 230 steps to hand craft each pair of Red Wing Shoes but it only takes three steps to keep them clean, conditioned and protected.

LEARN HOW TO CARE FOR STYLE NO. 8085

REPAIR SERVICE

Red Wing Shoe Company operates our very own repair shop at our Red Wing, Minnesota, manufacturing facility. Find out how to have your shoes repaired.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well made Great every day boot after breaking in.Good for all seasons
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Traditional Quality Craftsmanship This may turn out to be the best non-steel toe work boot I have ever owned! I did locate a Red Wing Shoe Store before purchasing something. I tend to wear a size 10 in other Red Wing boots. These fit more like a dress shoe. Size 9 is what I needed. It was good having help. With some heritage varieties, I was unable to even put my foot in the boot due to my high arches. For the agony of my previous worn-out boots, these feel like slippers after only a day and a half. For the break-in period, it may be best to lace them low. I wear through heals quickly. These nailed heals can be replaced for a nominal cost, along with the sole. I do prefer a traditional, unlined, and repairable boot. Not everyone does. For proper fit, there boots should fit like a glove.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Boots! This is my second pair of the Heritage line of boots and like the pair before, these are awesome! Excellent quality and craftsmanship, all creating a very nice looking boot. They are a bit stiff and require some break-in but that is normal for a full leather boots. This Copper and Tough leather is so nice, just like my 1907's and almost takes on a new look day to day. Red Wing never fails to disappoint.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all-around boot I've been wearing Red Wing moc toes for about a decade now, and decided to try something different with my latest purchase after finding the Iron Ranger on sale. Immediately, I asked myself why I didn't try these sooner! Maybe the 8 last suits my foot better, but the Iron Ranger was more comfortable on day one than my moc toes were by the end of their first month. As for sizing: my Brannock size is nearly 11E on the left foot, 10.5E on the right foot, with low arches and low volume. A 10EE was as close to a perfect fit as I could get -- a touch of room in the width, but a 9.5EE was too short, and a 10.5D was too long and too narrow. If only a 10E existed! In essence, I sized down about a full size. My moc toe size is 10E and fits very similarly. I took a wild gamble and decided to break these in during a 3-day weekend event at which I'd be doing lots of walking, standing, and moving of objects. I felt confident in doing so, as these hardly gave any discomfort after the end of the first day. They were nigh fully broken in by the end of the event -- a stark difference compared to the two pairs of moc toes I own, which each took around a month for the entire boot to fit like a glove. I attribute this largely to the amount of double leather reinforcement in the moc toe which is missing from the Iron Ranger, but I digress. Overall, this is a great-looking boot with great construction that I feel comfortable wearing for work and play. I'd still opt for the moc toe for more strenuous work (especially if lots of water or mud is involved,) but otherwise, these are now my go-to. The full grain leather is of excellent quality, and appropriately thick. I did buy the now-defunct version with the nitrile cork sole, but it's of no consequence to me -- it's already passed the wet weather test, and I do not live in a locale where it snows. I can always opt for a different sole later down the line when repair becomes necessary.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best boot money can buy I’ve had this boot for over two years now. Boots usually last me 10 months. I wear them everyday no matter what I’m doing. They go to work with me, they go hiking with me. I’ve submerged them in waterfalls, climed mountains, hiked 10+miles at a time. They been through snow, salt, mud, water, heat, humidity. They’ve been abused by all means. But all I have to do is put a little mink oil on them again and they look business causal! I can wear them with anything! I love these boots and plan on putting new soles on them when the time comes. Worth the money for sure.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the investment! Love my Rangers. As a tool maker, I'm on my feet at least 8 hours a day. Once I lace up my boots they don't come off for about 12 hrs. I couldn't be happier with them!
Date published: 2018-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great-looking boots but soles made from a hard material and therefore are hard on the feet. I love the LOOK of these boots (my second pair of RWs) but comfort-wise they have a problem - the sole. The first pair I bought (Heritage Moccasins - back in 1995) had rubber soles. These have a hard sole, not sure what its made of. I WISH they had rubber soles like my other RW boots because hard rubber is without a doubt the best material for shoe soles as it's quiet and yielding. The hard cork or whatever it is on these Rangers doesn't work so good on a lot of surfaces. I am thinking of glueing an aftermarket rubber sole to them to address this issue. Other than that, they are terrific boots. The only other concern I have is the tongue. I hope it doesn't wear out. Reason being is the tongues wore out on my first pair and I had to have them reinforced. I wish RW would add a double layer of leather on their tongues too, as this is the most vulnerable area in terms of wear and tear.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm an automotive technician and I actually use this for work I work full time as an automotive technician for a locally owned (non corporate) shop. I work on anything from motorcycles to dump trucks, I am on my feet 8 to 9.5 hrs a day 5 days a week, AND at any point in time standing in antifreeze, motor oil, brake fluid, snow, and mud. Constantly climbing jumping and crawling over under and in different vehicles. I had always worn Carolina work boots but hate how bulky and heavy they are. It may sound dumb but I do take pride in my appearance at work and like a well fitted uniform and wanted a boot to match. I saw these boots and really like the rugged look and being red wings figured they would be well made (also Ishould note that I am not required to have any kind of safety/steel toe at my job). Unfortunately All of the reviews I found were by a bunch of "princesses" that wanted a cute boot to wear to the office or out to the club that matched the hairbow in their manbun. Aaanyway I rolled the dice and went for it, I figured F it, i found a smoking deal on a pair and pulled the trigger. 1- go get fitted! I was a full size down. 2-the break in LITERALLY took 2 days, I bought them, put 2 coats of obenhaufs lp on, wore them for a few hours over the weekend then went to work on Monday! that was it. They are literally the most comfortable boot I've ever worn (you girls complaining should stick to loafers and boat shoes-it's your soft feet....not the boots. 3)I clean them every 3 months w saddle soap and reapply the obenauf's and they literally look brand new. I will buy these again. Despite what anyone says...YES....these can be work boots
Date published: 2018-06-18
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FOOTWEAR SIZE COMPARISON CHART FOR MOST COMMON INTERNATIONAL SYSTEMS

USA MEN'S USA WOMEN'S EUROPEAN BRITISH MEN'S cm WOMEN'S cm
4 33.5 1.5 21
4.5 34 2 21.5
3.5 5 34.5 2.5 21.5 22
4 5.5 35 3 22 22.5
4.5 6 36 3.5 22.5 23
5 6.5 37 4 23 23.5
5.5 7 37.5 4.5 23.5 24
6 7.5 38 5 24 24.5
6.5 8 38.5 5.5 24.5 25
7 8.5 39 6 25 25.5
7.5 9 40 6.5 25.5 26
8 9.5 41 7 26 26.5
8.5 10 41.5 7.5 26.5 27
9 10.5 42 8 27 27.5
9.5 11 42.5 8.5 27.5 28
10 12 43 9 28 28.5
10.5 43.5 9.5 28.5
11 44 10 29
11.5 45 10.5 29.5
12 46 11 30
13 47 12 31
14 48 13 32
15 49 14 33
16 50 15 34
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